The CW Sets Biggest-Ever Summer Lineup With 11 Series

Six new shows will join returnees like 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' and 'Burden of Truth.'
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'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

The CW is going big for summer 2019, programming the most original series it ever has in what is increasingly not the offseason.

The network will air 11 original series in the summer, with six new shows joining returnees Burden of Truth, Masters of Illusion, The Outpost, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Whose Line Is It Anyway? The newcomers include the previously announced British import Bulletproof, the sci-fi series Pandora and a quartet of unscripted series: the talent showcase The Big Stage; the game show Hypnotize Me, hosted by Taye Diggs; and the docuseries Mysteries Decoded and Red Bull Peaking.

Four midseason shows — The 100, Jane the Virgin, iZombie and In the Dark — also will run into the summer. By mid-June, The CW will have originals on all six nights it programs.  

The flood-the-zone approach to summer is similar to one taken by ABC, which is also upping its originals after the end of the traditional September-to-May season. The increased amount of new programming offers more opportunity for ad sales on air and, not incidentally, on The CW's ad-supported streaming platforms.

The newly announced shows are:

The Big Stage, hosted by Elizabeth Stanton (The CW's Hollywood Christmas Parade specials) and James Maslow (Big Time Rush) is a half-hour, non-competitive talent showcase featuring singers, dancers, comedians and other acts. It premieres June 7.

Hypnotize Me is based on a British format called You're Back in the Room (and was previously in development at Fox). Hosted by All American star Diggs, the game show has teams of contestants perform everyday tasks — after being hypnotized. Keith Barry, who starred on the U.K. show, is the resident hypnotist.

Mysteries Decoded is hosted by Navy veteran and private investigator Jennifer Marshall. She and her team investigate topics ranging from the Salem witch trials to Area 51, exploring newly discovered evidence in each case.

Pandora is set in the year 2199 and follows a young woman who has lost everything as she joins Earth's Space Training Academy. It is executive produced by Mark A. Altman (Castle), Steve Kriozere (NCIS), Thomas P. Vitale, Karine Martin and Chris Phillip.

Red Bull Peaking profiles athletes over a 72-hour period before, during and after a key event in their careers. Subjects include extreme sports stars Kelly McGarry, James Stewart and Jenny Rissveds.

Aside from The Big Stage, the new shows do not have premiere dates yet. Below is the first set of summer dates for The CW (all times ET/PT).

Sunday, June 2
8 p.m.: Burden of Truth

Friday, June 7
8 p.m.: Masters of Illusion
9 p.m.: The Big Stage

Monday, June 17
8 p.m.: Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 p.m.: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Thursday, July 11
9 p.m.: The Outpost